Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau.
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Authorities called on motorists and bicyclists to remain aware of one another last week, just days after Woodbury police responded to a vehicle vs. bicycle crash. Though fatal crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians vs. vehicles were down from 2010, state officials on Oct. 7 reiterated a call for safety. "Drivers must treat every corner and intersection as a crosswalk, whether it's marked or unmarked, and stop for crossing pedestrians," says Gordy Pehrson of the DPS Office of Traffic Safety.
Woodbury coach Andy Hill said last week he wanted to come out right away and punch Cretin-Derham Hall in the face. But when his Royals matched up Friday against the undefeated Suburban East Conference leader, it was the Raiders who landed most of the blows in the 43-4 home loss. Woodbury dropped to 4-3 on the season and in the SEC, while Cretin continued its unbeaten streak. Royals coach Andy Hill said "way too many mistakes" led to the loss - just the problem he said last week he was looking to avoid. "We've got a real good and dangerous team if we can eliminate mistakes," he said, questi
A Woodbury teenager involved in a two-vehicle crash earlier this week has died. South Washington County School District Communications Director Barb Brown confirmed that Braedon Hyland, an East Ridge High School student, died this afternoon. "He is recognized for his enthusiasm and great sense of humor," Brown said in a news release.
A Woodbury man apparently shot his children, set fire to the recreational vehicle they were in, then turned the gun on himself last week, according to the National Park Service. A statement released Thursday by a Grand Canyon National Park spokeswoman shed more light on the grim case that thus far had produced few details and left community members around Woodbury troubled. The news release followed more than a week of mystery after Anthony Dehaven and his two children, Jace and Jersey Dehaven - all of Woodbury - were found dead Oct. 3 near Grand Canyon National Park's south entrance.
A key Afton city panel recommended not punishing the Belwin Conservancy last week for a procedural misstep that apparently stemmed from a misunderstanding at Afton City Hall. The conservancy drew criticism after some residents learned of a large restoration project and wondered if the organization had received the proper permits to do so, City Administrator Sarah Irvine said. "I assumed they already had (a permit)," she said, noting that efforts behind the project began before she took her post as administrator. "And they did not." The city's Planning Commission on Monday, Oct.
Strict regulations on how to keep chickens in an Afton proposal were stripped away last week by Planning Commission members concerned with over-regulation. Afton Planning Commission on Monday, Oct. 3, whittled down a proposed ordinance allowing chickens on lots less than 5 acres. During the meeting, commissioners eliminated a proposed passage governing chicken coop standards. The provision called for specific height dimensions and construction standards to resist rodent infestation.
Would the 2011-12 Royals have it any way else? Up 31-24 with less than 20 seconds left in the Royals' homecoming game Friday night, Roseville marched up to the Woodbury 28 yard line threatening to tie.
The National Park Service announced Wednesday that the deaths of three Woodbury family members at Grand Canyon National Park might not have been accidental. According to a news release, preliminary investigation into the deaths of Anthony DeHaven and his two children, Jace and Jersey Dehaven, revealed the possibility of a murder-suicide. "It is important to note that these findings are preliminary and that additional investigation is ongoing," a Grand Canyon National Park news release stated. The investigation did not indicate the involvement of an unknown person, according to the release.
The Afton woman who was the driver in a 2010 Washington County crash that killed one of her passengers was sentenced last month to a year in jail. Alicia Rae Haupert, 21, was spared a four-year prison term in the case, where she was convicted of criminal vehicular homicide. She was sentenced Sept. 16 after pleading guilty to the charge in June. According to a criminal complaint, Haupert was driving the morning of Jan. 29, 2010, when she lost control of a vehicle she was operating in May Township.
Charges were dropped last month against a man accused of trying to force himself on a Woodbury masseuse. Two counts of criminal sexual conduct were dismissed against St. Paul resident Houa Lor at a Sept. 23 hearing. The case had been set for a Sept. 26 jury trial. The case was dropped after police investigators lost touch with the alleged victim, a 24-year-old woman. Investigators had not been able to reach the woman for more than two months prior to the dismissal hearing, said First Assistant Washington County Attorney Steve Povolny. "We did everything we could," said Povolny said.